Trump foreign policy: Radical changes in Shia-Sunni and Russia-US ties

With US President -elect Donald Trump there will be a major foreign and strategic shift in Middle East policy starting with Syria that has witnessed six year old civil war.

 Stating his policy on Syria, Donald said that he is going to reverse the Obama administration policy of replacing President Bashar al- Assad that will also bring rapprochement between US and Russia.

 Even Donald’s advisor Walid Phares has given an indication that US foreign policy on the MId-East will undergo a see change including  a review of the Iran nuclear deal,the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and designating Muslim Brotherhood  as a “terrorist” organisation.

 Meanwhile, Assad is willing to cooperate with the US coming President but said the Syrian government would “wait to see what are the policies of the President -elect ..particularly towards terrorism.

 Trump is committed to fight ISIS that emerged consequent to the Obama policy of withdrawing troops from Iraq. Trump said that US will be focused on eliminating ISIS and not giving handle to increase shia-Sunni conflict between Sunni monarchs and Shia regimes in the Mid-East.

Amplifying his views he stated,“My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIS, and you have to get rid of ISIS. Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria… Now we’re backing rebels against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are.” 

Trump is also averse to supporting moderate rebels with funds and weapons which are ultimately going into the hands of extremists and are being used against civilians. 

Moreover,Phares is critical of US-Iran nuclear deal terming it as “the worst deal in history ever”  and suggested its review in the coming months. 

The envisioned transformation would therefore see cessation of the Sunni-Shia conflict,a rapprochement in the US-Russia relations and end to civil war in Syria.

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By : Arti Bali Senior Journalist

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